Sunday, April 26, 2015

Springtime in the Rockies :: Winter Sojourn 2014/15

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We have been considering becoming residents of Colorado.  JUST KIDDING.

We are over the ickies.  We left Glenwood Springs and headed over the BIG mountain, passing through the Johnson Tunnel at well over 11,000 feet.

We stopped in Byers, just east of Denver to visit MOC friends Vicki and Mark A.

We are now near Livermore Colorado visiting MOC friends Ron and Terrie A.  They live on a mountain top in the Rocky Mountains.  Yesterday we drove to Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was fab. We saw wildlife, a few snowflakes and some rain.  Man got some new hiking boots, I got a new PURPLE jacket  (ya, purple.  LOL)

It was a great day.  Almost back to their home Ron spied a rainbow.

We hope to leave here Wednesday, Ron & Terrie A will let us tag along to Nebraska and maybe points beyond.

In the meantime, we have been blessed to spend time with these two wonderful couples.  Thanks again and again. Special times, special friends.



Monday, April 20, 2015

Flowers of the Southwest :: Winter Sojourn 2014/15

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Mostly I have photos of rocks and mountains and more rocks from our months in the southwest.

But, let's look at some flowers of the southwest taken over the last few weeks.  Some are the same kind of flowers, but, taken in different locales.

From near Hoover Dam, Lake Mead:

Valley of Fire, near Las Vegas Nevada. See that out crop of stone?  Center, near the curve in the road.  Standing up there by itself?  (I really should have put an arrow on this photo!  LOL)

Well, lookie what I saw about 30 foot off the roadway, yes, some type of barrel cactus, popping out of a little divit, give it a foothold, it will grow.  Look hard, it's there.  Really!

Also in Valley of Fire:

At Zion National Park, Weeping Rock area.

St. George Utah:

Also St. George:

Kanab, Utah:

Pipe Springs National Monument, I know, not a flower, but, just as pretty, eh?

More Kanab:

Page Arizona.  Buds, soon flowers.

Hike to Toadstools area of Paria, Utah:

Secret Slot Canyon, Page Arizona. By the way, this is akin to rheubarb:

Capital Reef Utah:

Capital Reef:

Capital Reef, flower on a cactus, a barrel type cactus:

Another from Capital Reef, just buds at this point:

Devil's Canyon, Utah, these are very small, maybe 4 inches diameter, at the most.  White, yellow and pale lavender.

Moab, Utah:

Also Moab, Arches National Park:

More from Arches:

Needles Overlook, part of Canyonlands National Park, again, this is rather small, maybe 8 inches diameter, and happy to have it's feet in a crack.

Spring flowers, spreading joy, all across the southwest.